Are self assessment medical books as useful as they are cracked up to be?
Simon Kirwin reviews the Self-Assessment Colour Review series, published by Manson, to see if they can add anything to his already vast medical knowledge.
- By: Simon Kirwin
It's the final year of my medical education, and panic is already setting in, so I am looking for texts that will do the learning for me. Unfortunately, they don not seem to exist, but there is a plethora of self assessment books out there which at least help me know what I don't know, including this series from Manson.
At first glance, they cover a wide variety of clinical medical cases you will see on the wards, and the format is always the same - a clinical case on one page, with a detailed answer overleaf. Each case is illustrated, with either a picture of a patient, an electrocardiogram, an x ray film, a scan, or occasionally a histological slide, and the results of blood tests are given where appropriate. Typical questions ask for a diagnosis, differentials, and management, and each book has an index of diseases covered, so